By Wyatt Earp | May 2, 2011
Fair warning: This story will angry up the blood. It is also very timely, considering today’s events.
The City University of New York (CUNY) failed to award scholarships named after a victim of 9-11. Worse still, the school’s officials threatened the victim’s mother when she protested.
A college has failed to give out scholarship money from a fund created to honour a victim of September 11, his mother claimed today. Nelly Braginsky, who lost her 38-year-old son Alexander on 9/11, said New York’s CUNY college have for the last two years failed to distribute cash from a $100,000 endowment she gave to honour her son.
The college [has] even told Mrs Braginsky they will remove Alexander’s name plate from books paid for by the endowment and take down a plaque bearing his name if she goes ahead with legal action to recoup the money.
Alexander Braginsky was in a meeting inside the WTC when the attacks occurred.
Apparently, CUNY officials didn’t think Mrs. Bragnsky didn’t suffer enough when she lost her son, so they figured they’d just hold the scholarship money for funsies.
She set up the $200,000 award in 2002 after receiving $800,000 in life insurance money and an undisclosed sum from the federal Victim Compensation Fund. The first $100,000 was used to rename a conference room, while the remainder was used to fund ‘up to two’ students a year at the college.
For the first few years she received updates from the college on the awards, with letters from each recipient of the $1,175 a year grants. Then the correspondence stopped, and after approaching college officials for the names and bank statements showing how the money was being awarded, she was told no students had been given the grants.
When she asked for the money back, the college refused.
So instead of taking the money and running, Nelly Braginsky did something good with it. She set up the scholarship so at least two people could get an education, and she recruited Alexander’s former employer – Reuters, who donated the nameplate books – to award two students paid internships. In return, CUNY thanked her by screwing the scholarship applicants and threatening to erase Alexander’s memory from the school.
I’m pretty sure CUNY is one letter removed from the perfect acronym.